Last year, my friend sent me one of my most favorite gifts ever: a bag from sari bari. Sari Bari is a safe home in India where women who have been exploited by the sex industry can be healed, restored, and where they can create a new life. One of the ways they do this (practically and symbolically) is through their business where they take old, worn-out saris and create beautiful bags and blankets out of them. The products are sold at a fair price, giving these women income, purpose and hope.
One of the best details of a Sari Bari bag is that it bears the name of the woman who created it. Every time I look at my bag I think of the artist behind it and the steps she has taken to create a new life for herself, and I am inspired.
Anyway, are there any companies you love that follow a similar model? Any companies where when you buy from them, you get the sense you are participating in something really amazing? I'd love you tips!